Engaging local communities in low emissions land-use planning: a case study from Laos

Bourgoin, Jeremy, Castella, Jean-Christophe, Hett, Cornelia, Lestrelin, Guillaume and Heinimann, Andreas (2013) Engaging local communities in low emissions land-use planning: a case study from Laos. Ecology and Society, 18 2: . doi:10.5751/ES-05362-180209

Author Bourgoin, Jeremy
Castella, Jean-Christophe
Hett, Cornelia
Lestrelin, Guillaume
Heinimann, Andreas
Title Engaging local communities in low emissions land-use planning: a case study from Laos
Journal name Ecology and Society   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1708-3087
Publication date 2013-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.5751/ES-05362-180209
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 18
Issue 2
Total pages 11
Place of publication Waterloo, ON, Canada
Publisher Resilience Alliance Publications
Abstract Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation and enhancing forest carbon stocks (REDD+) is a performance-based payment mechanism currently being debated in international and national environmental policy and planning forums. As the mechanism is based on conditionality, payments must reflect land stewards' level of compliance with carbon-efficient management practices. However, lack of clarity in land governance and carbon rights could undermine REDD+ implementation. Strategies are needed to avoid perverse incentives resulting from the commoditization of forest carbon stocks and, importantly, to identify and secure the rights of legitimate recipients of future REDD+ payments. We propose a landscapelevel approach to address potential conflicts related to carbon tenure and REDD+ benefit sharing. We explore various landtenure scenarios and their implications for carbon ownership in the context of a research site in northern Laos. Our case study shows that a combination of relevant scientific tools, knowledge, and participatory approaches can help avoid the marginalization of rural communities during the REDD+ process. The findings demonstrate that participatory land-use planning is an important step in ensuring that local communities are engaged in negotiating REDD+ schemes and that such negotiations are transparent. Local participation and agreements on land-use plans could provide a sound basis for developing efficient measurement, reporting, and verification systems for REDD+.
Keyword Carbon tenure
Participatory land-use planning
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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